Grayson Perry – The Vanity of Small Differences

7 July to 9 September 2018


Inspired by the 18th century painter William Hogarth’s moral tale, A Rake’s Progress, Grayson Perry’s tapestries follow the life of a fictional character called Tim Rakewell, as he develops from infancy through his teenage and middle years, to his untimely death in a car accident.

These stunning large-scale works are rich in both content and colour. They depict many of the eccentricities and peculiarities associated with life in the UK, and are at the same time moving, amusing and thought provoking.

Made in parallel with a Channel 4 documentary series, All in the Best Possible Taste, they are crammed with acutely-observed detail and invite us all to consider our own attitudes to class and our positions in society.

The Vanity of Small Differences is a Hayward Touring exhibition. The Vanity of Small Differences was gifted to the British Council Collection and the Arts Council Collection by the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery with the support of Channel 4 Television and the Art Fund, and additional support from AlixPartners.

Image: Grayson Perry – The Agony in the Car Park (from The Vanity of Small Differences). Courtesy of the Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre London and British Council © the artist. Gift of the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery with the support of Channel 4 Television, the Art Fund and Sfumato Foundation with additional support from AlixPartners.

8 July and 9 September – Special Sunday Openings

We are holding special Sunday openings at the start and end of the exhibition, so as many people as possible get the opportunity to see the work of this Turner Prizewinning artist in Scunthorpe. We will be open from 11am to 4pm on Sunday 8July and Sunday 9 September (normal opening days Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm).

14 July – Summer Funday

Join us for a special Summer Funday on Saturday 14 July  inspired by Grayson Perry’s The Vanity of Small Differences exhibition. With dressing-up, clay-modeling, badge-making and more. 10am to 4pm. Suitable for all. Free Entry.